Is Mayo Healthy?
From a nutritional standpoint, yes, the concept of real mayonnaise is healthy. Fat, eggs, vinegar, and sea salt, what could better? Despite all of the debate over whether fats are healthy for us, they ultimately are our bodies fuel down to the very cellular makeup. Without fat, our bodies would not be able to survive, making the concept of a low-fat diet not only very detrimental to an individual, but also seemingly impossible to succeed in. Why? Because our bodies absolutely need, and thus crave, good ol’fat.
A Modern Day Calamity
The problem that has risen in the past few decades is the industrialization of our food. Instead of fat coming from unprocessed, raw, whole sources, fat (especially in polyunsaturated varieties) is heavily treated, thus causing them to oxidize and become harmful to our bodies. Just a few of these vegetable and seed derived fats include soybean, canola, corn, peanut, cotton, sunflower, safflower, and grapeseed seed oil. To summarize my previous “Fat Phobia” series, whether or not a fat is healthy ultimately comes down to its chemical makeup. PUFAs (Polyunsaturated fatty acids) are fragile in nature, while the stability rises in monounsaturated varieties. Saturated fats on the other hand, are completely stable, making them the best for high heat cooking. However, preserving the makeup of these fats does not just apply to cooking, but also to how they are handled, processed, and put into what we call “mayonnaise.” Because of the natural form of PUFAs, they should never be heated, yet this does not stop the food industry from using them, as they are undoubtedly the cheapest oils to use. Therefore, whether or not mayonnaise is healthy, is truly an inapplicable question due to fact that it is commonly (if not always) made from oxidized, damaged, and thus dangerous oil. It does not matter where you buy it, whether at Kroger or Whole Foods, if you flip over a bottle of “organic, “real,” “all natural,” and (or) “non-GMO” mayo, the ingredients are anything but beneficial to the body. The term “organic” may be important in some aspects of eating, but it certainly does not change the fragile structure of vegetable and seed oils. Now, is eating a few tablespoons of deranged oil in your weekly tuna salad going to kill you? Not exactly. However, large quantities of these oils, as is the case for the SAD (Standard American Diet), are certainly harmful to the body, and have been proven in various scientific studies, as well trips to the mall’s food court. Because of this, many Primal/Paleo enthusiasts struggle with taking mayonnaise out of their diet. It shouldn’t be deemed “unhealthy,” as the primary ingredients are certainly foods are ancestors have been eating for hundreds of years. That being said, the quest for a Paleo-aligned mayo seems to always end in failure, typically leading people to simply ignore the fact that all mayo is made with oxidized oils, give it up all together, or try and make their own at home. However, the last two options are anything but easy, especially in today’s fast paced world.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the patters of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be bale to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”